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Posts written in August 2015

A new dynamism for major European economies


The expansion of household debt in Europe in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s was unprecedented by historical standards and the economic growth of European countries has become partially dependent on it. The numbers from the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) and Marketline analysis reveal that the outstanding credit from the banking system to European households increased more than 170%, in nominal values, from US$4tn in 1995 to more than US$ 11tn by the end of the 2000s. In the UK alone, household debt is running at US$2.4tn which represents an… Read more

Hero MotoCorp: Promising rise of future transnational manufacturer


Hero MotoCorp (HMC – formerly Hero Honda Motors), based in India, is one of the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturers and is setting itself up to expand globally following the dissolution of its partnership agreement with Honda Motor Co. Ltd. in 2010 and the expiration of licensing contracts for Honda technologies in 2014. The first stage of this expansion has been to target developing markets, an approach that indicates an intention to sell existing style products to similar markets in order to leverage the know-how that HMC has already developed, particularly… Read more

Sorry for any inconvenience caused? Morrisons expected to sell off its M local convenience stores


Morrisons, Britain’s fourth-largest grocer, is in advanced talks to sell its convenience stores to investment firm Greybull Capital as new chief executive David Potts seeks to focus the business on its traditional supermarket estate. Greybull was working with a team of industry executives to take over about 150 stores that trade as M local and generate annual sales of about GBP 300m (approximately $494m). The convenience sector has become a primary focus for many UK retailers reeling from the discounter industry disruption, which has seen Aldi and Lidl wrestle market… Read more

Shimano Inc.: Tour de France ends with another Shimano victory


The bicycling and fishing components giant has had another fantastic year in 2015. With Team Sky’s win for Chris Froome in the sport’s greatest grand tour, comes another win for Shimano, who supplied the team with its top of the range Dura Ace Di2 components for Sky’s hugely successful Pinarello Dogma race bike. This is rather a coup for the company as the exposure from the world’s biggest public race rarely fails to trickle down to direct sales for those companies that have sponsored the most successful teams. With the… Read more

UK High Street’s worst summer for six years


The UK high street has suffered its worst summer since 2009 amid concerns over a potential interest rate rise and unseasonably cold weather. According to BDO’s High Street Sales Tracker, like-for like sales fell 1.1% in July, marking the third consecutive month of decline, the first time such a streak has been seen since the summer of 2009. Fashion retail was hardest hit in July, down 1.4% year-on-year, while lifestyle goods and homewares saw drops of 0.5% and 1.1% respectively. As analyzed in the MarketLine case study The UK High… Read more